Dizzy Gillespie Research Paper

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John Birks Gillespie or better known as Dizzy Gillespie was born on October 2, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina. Dizzy was the youngest of nine children. Unfortunately his father died when he was only ten years old. Two years after his father died he started to teach himself to play trombone and trumpet and he later learned to play cornet. When he was old enough he attended Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. While there he practiced the trumpet and piano intensively, still without formal guidance. He later started to create his own band and developed his own style know as bebop and worked with many great musicians like Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Earl Hines, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. Gillespie died in New Jersey in 1993 he was…show more content…
Dizzy played with Charlie Parker and developed music known as bebop. His best known compositions are Oop Bob Sh’ Bam, Groovin’ High, Salt Peanuts and A night in Tunisia. You could recognize Dizzy’s face with his swollen cheeks and you could recognize his sound by his signature angled trumpets bell it is tilted upward at a 45 degree angle because someone sat on it in 1953.. Dizzy Gillespie was one of the first musicians to incorporate Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms with jazz. Some of his Latin-Jazz music includes Manteca, A Night in Tunisia and Guachi Guaro and many more. During the late 1950s Dizzy performed with Duke Ellington, Paul Gonsalves and Johnny Hodges on Ellington’s Jazz Party. The next year Dizzy released A Portrait of Duke Ellington, and album dedicated to Ellington also featuring the work of Juan Tizol, Billy Strayhorn and Mercer Ellington, son of the legendary musician. Gillespie composed most of the album’s recording, including Serenade to Sweden, Sophisticated Lady and Johnny Come Lately. His best known works form this time period include the songs Oop Bob Sh’ Bam, Grooving High, Leap Frog, Salt Peanuts and My Melancholy

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